Our Mission: At the University of Florida Department of Neurosurgery our goal is to deliver Excellence in Patient Care, Excellence in Resident Education, and Excellence in Research.
- Mitigate health care disparities by attracting and training highly-qualified and diverse set of residents.
- Provide exemplary neurosurgical care and improve the patient experience throughout the continuum of care by focusing on safety and quality initiatives.
- Prepare residents for board certification and successful careers in academic medical centers, the military or private practice, with the goal of having 50% of graduates practice in academic medical centers over the next 10 years.
Residency Program Structure
The University of Florida Residency in Neurological Surgery is a seven-year program. Following successful completion, trainees are capable of the independent practice of neurological surgery of the highest quality. During all years of the program, without exception, there is strict adherence to the ACGME duty hour’s regulations.
PGY I is the internship year. During six 4-week rotations as a member of the Neurosurgery team, the PGY 1 resident learns the fundamentals of evaluating and caring for patients with neurological illness, learns to assist in the operating room and learns the fundamentals of basic operative procedures all under the supervision of the faculty and senior level residents. The PGY 1 resident learns additional fundamental intensive care skills during four 4-week rotations in the Neuro ICU. Additional airway, line placement, neuromonitoring and anesthesia skills are learned during one 4-week rotation on neuroanesthesia. The additional rotations for the intern year include stroke neurology and neuropathology. PGY-1 interns do not take night calls, although they do spend one 4 week block as the night float resident.
PGY II and III
The PGY II and III are the junior resident years. The junior resident continues acquisition of knowledge and skills in the practice of neurosurgery through progressive increases in-patient care responsibility and surgical experience all under the direct guidance of faculty and senior level residents. Junior residents spend four 4week blocks on night float over the course of the two years, and otherwise take a 24-hour Saturday call once every six weeks. The resident plays a role in teaching the PGY I residents and medical students.
The PGY IV is the first senior resident year. This year is spent in pursuit of an elective research experience. The resident may pursue research opportunities under the mentorship of UF faculty or at extra-mural sites such as the NIH as desired. There are no night float duties as a senior resident. Residents take 3-4, 24-hour calls per month.
Opportunities also exist for a 3-6 month clinic elective in community neurosurgery at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, FL. Housing is provided.
The PGY V year is the senior resident year. In this year, the resident begins functioning in a leadership role as a service leader and in the operating room. Working with the attending surgeon, the graduated surgical experience is further expanded in preparation for the chief resident year.
The PGY 6 year is Chief Resident year. Time is spent at UF and the Malcolm Randall VA Medical center. Administrative and leadership responsibilities are added, as the chief is the director of the services at the Shands at UF and the Malcolm Randall VA Hospitals. The chief residents serve as liaison to the residency program director, and are involved in didactic education as well as quality assurance in the hospital. The chief resident experience is designed to give the trainee the opportunity to hone his or her clinical skills in an independent but mentored environment
The PGY VII year is currently the Transition to Practice (TTP) year. During this year, surgical and patient management skills are further expanded under the direct supervision of an attending surgeon. The TTP takes mentored faculty level call, runs his or her own service with a junior resident, and has an independent clinic for new and follow up patients. This is an opportunity to assume to role of a junior faculty member. This year may also serve as an elective year to finish enfolded training in endovascular neurosurgery, continue with research projects, or possibly pursue fellowship training at other institutions.